Kate Suhr hosts her first cabaret at the Market Hall in Peterborough on April 14

Evening of story and song also features Anthony Bastianon, Saskia Tomkins, Megan Murphy, Paul Crough, Melissa Payne, Kate Brioux, Randy Read, and Travis Eugene

Actress and singer-songwriter Kate Suhr presents her first cabaret show, "Kate Suhr – Guts, Guile and a Few Showtunes", at the Market Hall in downtown Peterborough on April 14, 2019. She will be joined by Anthony Bastianon on piano, Saskia Tomkins on strings, and several Peterborough performers. (Photo: Jennifer Moher)
Actress and singer-songwriter Kate Suhr presents her first cabaret show, "Kate Suhr – Guts, Guile and a Few Showtunes", at the Market Hall in downtown Peterborough on April 14, 2019. She will be joined by Anthony Bastianon on piano, Saskia Tomkins on strings, and several Peterborough performers. (Photo: Jennifer Moher)

On Sunday, April 14th, Kate Suhr, one of Peterborough’s most beloved entertainers, returns to Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in downtown Peterborough to host her very first cabaret.

Calling the show “Guts, Guile and a Few Showtunes”, Kate has created a different type of show than before, but one filled with songs that are special to her.

“It’s not my singer-songwriter material,” Kate tells me during a phone interview. “It’s a cabaret-style show where the artist sings a couple of show tunes that they like, along with a little bit of story and song.”

From the Toronto stage to country music festivals, Kate Suhr has been an incredibly busy and prolific performer over the past few years.

She has performed on the Toronto stage in musical productions, including the lead role in Mary Poppins, Maria in The Sound of Music, Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Cosette in Les Miserables, Nancy in Oliver!, Masha in the classical drama The Three Sisters by Chekhov, and more. She also released her full-length debut album Selkie Bride in 2017.

Kate Suhr has had a successful musical theatre career in Toronto, performing in various productions including as Ariel in "The Little Mermaid". She has a number of yet-to-be-announced projects that will keep her busy for the remainder of 2019. (Publicity photo)
Kate Suhr has had a successful musical theatre career in Toronto, performing in various productions including as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”. She has a number of yet-to-be-announced projects that will keep her busy for the remainder of 2019. (Publicity photo)

Currently working between Peterborough and Toronto, Kate reveals that she is booked solid in yet-to-be-announced projects that will keep her busy for the remainder of 2019.

However, until those announcements can are revealed to the public, Kate’s cabaret show is a chance for her to return to the Peterborough stage in front of the local audience that loves her.

Guts, Guile and A Few Show Tunes was inspired by the cabaret-style shows that become popular in Toronto and New York over the past few years, allowing performers to create intimate evenings of storytelling and music featuring a collection of their own personal favourite songs.

Toronto's Anthony Bastianon, who has worked on more than 150 theatrical productions as musical director, will perform on piano. He has worked with musical celebrities such as Chantel Kreviazuk, Dan Hill, and Josh Groban as well as theatre icons Andrea Martin and Michael Burgess. (Publicity photo)
Toronto’s Anthony Bastianon, who has worked on more than 150 theatrical productions as musical director, will perform on piano. He has worked with musical celebrities such as Chantel Kreviazuk, Dan Hill, and Josh Groban as well as theatre icons Andrea Martin and Michael Burgess. (Publicity photo)

“This show is inspired by some cabaret shows I’ve been watching in Toronto and online, mainly done by musical theatre artists I really admire,” Kate explains. “I’ve wanted to do a show like this for a couple of years.”

While Kate promises you will hear everything from musical theatre and pop, to folk and a few original songs, it’s not just about music — there will also be conversation and some “wonderfully awkward” jokes.

“It’s going to be a bit conversational,” Kate says. “Very easy going, a few songs here and there, a little bit of banter, and special guests will be making appearances.”

Accompanying Kate Suhr on strings will be multi-instrumentalist Saskia Tomkins (violin, viola, cello, nyckelharpa) pictured her with her husband Steáfán Hannigan in their duo Steafan & Saskia. Also an actress, Tomkins has appeared in 4th Line Theatre's productions of "The Cavan Blazers" and  "The Hero of Hunter Street". (Photo: Andy Kirkpatrick)
Accompanying Kate Suhr on strings will be multi-instrumentalist Saskia Tomkins (violin, viola, cello, nyckelharpa) pictured her with her husband Steáfán Hannigan in their duo Steafan & Saskia. Also an actress, Tomkins has appeared in 4th Line Theatre’s productions of “The Cavan Blazers” and “The Hero of Hunter Street”. (Photo: Andy Kirkpatrick)

Scheduled to perform in the cabaret are a number of Kate’s favourite collaborators, including Megan Murphy, Paul Crough, Melissa Payne, Kate Brioux, Randy Read, and Travis Eugene.

Meanwhile, Kate’s Toronto-based performance coach Anthony Bastianon will be the show’s musical director, with special guest Saskia Tomkins accompanying Kate on strings.

There is a reason the Peterborough audience loves Kate Suhr. Not only has she been gifted with a beautiful voice and a magical stage presence, Kate is that rare performer with a soul and a spirit to match the beauty that she brings to the stage. One of the kindest and most generous performers in the industry, Kate has a heart as big as her talent — making her a true local treasure.

 Peterborough performers Kate Brioux, Paul Crough, Megan Murphy, Travis Eugene, Melissa Payne, and Randy Read will also appear in  "Kate Suhr – Guts, Guile and a Few Showtunes". (Publicity photos)

Peterborough performers Kate Brioux, Paul Crough, Megan Murphy, Travis Eugene, Melissa Payne, and Randy Read will also appear in “Kate Suhr – Guts, Guile and a Few Showtunes”. (Publicity photos)

This is a one-night-only opportunity to get close and personal with Peterborough’s first lady of musical theatre. I’ve attended all of Kate’s local solo shows in the past one, and each one is magical and memorable on its own merit, leaving me to believe this will be a special night that Kate’s friends and fans won’t want to miss.

Kate Suhr – Guts, Guile and a Few Showtunes takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 14th at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough).

Tickets are $30 for assigned cabaret table seats (they are almost sold out) and $25 for general admission ($20 for students or $18 for children 13 and under), available at the Market Hall box office, by phone at 705-749-1146, or online at markethall.org.

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Sam Tweedle
Since 2013, Sam Tweedle has been writing as an arts and culture journalist for kawarthaNOW, with special attention to Peterborough's theatrical community. However, his career as an arts writer goes back further via his website Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict where Sam has interviewed some of the entertainment world's most notable and beloved entertainers. Sam's pop culture writing has been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, The National Post, CNN.com, Filmfax Magazine and The New Yorker. You can follow Sam on Instagram at sam_tweedle_z where he posts about his four greatest loves: cats, comic books, movies, and records. Sam no longer uses Twitter because, as far as he's concerned, it's no longer a thing.

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